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May 2023

Important Dates

NEAFCS Endowment Project Proposal Grant
Deadline: May 15, 2023

2023 NEAFCS Ambassador Program
Opens: May 17, 2023
Closes: July 17, 2023

NEAFCS Spring Life Member Get-Together (Zoom Event)
June 1, 2023 @ 3pm ET

Webinar: Book Clubs as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategy
June 6, 2023 @ 3pm ET

2023 Annual Session
September 11-14, 2023 - Providence, Rhode Island

2024 Annual Session
September 16-19, 2024 - Tucson, Arizona

2025 Annual Session
October 20-23, 2025 - Grand Rapids, Michigan

From OneOp:
Join OneOp as we mobilize family service professionals at federal, state, and local levels to focus on expanding food security for our military family population with the 2023 Military Family Readiness Academy, Military Families and Food Security: A Call to Action.  

An estimated 24% of our nation’s active-duty service members and their families are food insecure. Extension educators can help! The 2023 MFRAcademy is a multidisciplinary approach to alleviating food insecurity needs within the military family community.  

The 2023 MFRAcademy offerings include: 

  • A self-paced course developed by a national food security expert
  • A panel discussion with federal agency representatives
  • An interactive session that aids participants in creating a food security resource guide
  • And a LinkedIn group engagement opportunity! 

Discover how you and other professionals can work together to expand food security for military families with Military Families and Food Security: A Call to Action.

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President's Message
Julie Garden-Robinson (ND), NEAFCS President

Please click the image above or visit https://youtu.be/Qr-ZrlaSNn4 to watch this month’s President’s Message.

Bright Ideas and Suggestion Box/Prize Drawing: https://forms.gle/Q7NrEFxPHsri2ikg7
Healthwise for Guys: Skin Cancer https://www.ndsu.edu/agriculture/extension/publications/healthwise-guys-skin-cancer
Healthwise for Women: Skin Cancer https://www.ndsu.edu/agriculture/extension/publications/healthwise-women-skin-cancer
Prairie Fare – May is Melanoma Awareness Month https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/news/columns/prairie-fare/prairie-fare-may-is-melanoma-awareness-month-1

What YOU Need to Know NOW in NEAFCS!
National Office Staff

This feature of the newsletter highlights current reminders of member benefits, programs, and approaching deadlines to keep you in the know.  

Professional Development is Multiplied at Annual Session
Marcia Parcell (IN), VP Professional Development

Reviewing the 2022 Annual Session Evaluation, almost 50% identified professional development as the top motivator for attending it.  Exploring Oceans of Opportunities in Providence, Rhode Island, is scheduling various in-depth sessions, a welcome event, keynote speaker, pre-conferences, capnote speakers, and an opening session.  Our program committee has completed arranging concurrent sessions and showcase of excellence presentations for the conference.  Karla Belzer and Amber Allen receive kudos for accomplishing this task. Read More

Public Issues Leadership Development for NEAFCS 
Jennifer Bridge (KY), VP Public Affairs

The 2023 JCEP Public Issues Leadership Development conference was a success!  NEAFCS awarded 22 scholarships and had 32 members in attendance who learned about the importance of public policy and how to advocate for the extension profession.   Several members participated in “Hill” visits and delivered NEAFCS Impact Statements.  Read More

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Extension Efforts
Rebecca Elliott (FL), Diversity Committee

Diversity goes beyond race and sex differences. Think of diversity as the many differences in ethnicity, race, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability, education, religion, marital and veteran status, and even diversity in values and perspectives that people have. Equity is fundamentally the just treatment of all these groups, but it also involves equal access to resources and opportunities. Inclusion refers to an environment where everyone feels safe and welcome regardless of their differences.  Read More

NEAFCS Endowment Offers Benefits to Members
Glenn Strum (VA), Treasurer 

You’ve seen regular articles about the NEAFCS Endowment, but you may think, ‘So, how are these investments even doing? Have our donations been helping grow this fund?’ Here is a quick rundown of the numbers!  Read More

Living Well Month Wrap Up for 2023
Christine Zellers (NJ), NEAFCS Public Affairs Advocacy Committee Chair

Living Well Month was in March and the Advocacy Committee for NEAFCS had a lot of resources to make it easy to promote living well throughout the month.  If you utilized any of the materials that were on the web page like the customizable calendar, ready to post videos, or proclamation we want to know about it.  We are hoping to get enough examples of how resources were used in 2023 to show the great promotion efforts of members at the National Conference. Read More

Introducing the NEAFCS Leadership Experience Class of 2023-2024

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Balance – An enduring topic for NEAFCS
Christine Kneip (WI), Historian

Since 1933, our association has focused on supporting its members and their needs. Thinking back to 1933 when electricity and water were not found in all homes, communications were mostly by mail, would you be surprised to learn one of the two greatest concerns for association professionals was “balance”?  Read More

Make a trip out of it! Things to do before and after the Annual Session!
Alyssa Whittaker (DE), Annual Session Committee

Arriving in Providence early? Here are some reasons why you should!

  • Rhode Island’s Seafood Festival will be happening right in Providence on September 9th & 10th.This festival, since 2011, brings a delicious sampling of New England Seafood, a gastronomical highlight of the region! Keep an eye out for registration on their Instagram page linked here: https://www.instagram.com/riseafoodfestival/

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Western Region Highlights
Dianne Christensen (NM), Western Region Director

The Western Region had a good awards year! All states agreed that the process is easy to use and appreciated the hard work of Samantha Kennedy, VP of Awards and Recognition, and Will Ferguson for their fantastic support of the process. Read More



Having read the May NEAFCS Network Newsletter, can you answer a question found in it? Monthly, the first five people to answer the question correctly will be entered into a drawing for registration for the 2023 Annual Session to be selected in Summer 2023. To view and answer this month’s question, visit https://forms.gle/XHxsj25zDPxe1ZwD9

Additional News & Opportunities for NEAFCS Members 



Future issues of the NEAFCS Network will include recognition of members who have passed. If you would like to report the death of a NEAFCS member, please click here.